Two new Themed Smilers Sheets from the BFPS
The Royal Corp of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) was formed on 1st
October 1942. In conjunction with HQ REME the British Forces Philatelic
Service (BFPS) has produced a commemorative Smiler sheet and cover to mark their
75th anniversary on the 1st October 2017.
The BFPS have used a
personalised Smilers stamp and label for this issue and full sheets of
this stamp/label combination are also available from BFPS.
RFA TIDESPRING – A136 is the first of four MARS Tide Class fast fleet
tankers entering service to support the Royal Navy and wider Defence. In
particular they have been designed to support all Royal Navy warships,
including the new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of
Wales, wherever required in the world.
To mark this occasion, the BFPS will issue an official commemorative cover in conjunction with the Royal
Fleet Auxiliary Association, to mark the introduction into service of this
As you will have spotted, the BFPS have again used a
personalised Smilers stamp and label for this issue and also available are
sheets of the same stamp/label combination.
Both sheets are priced at a reasonable £38.00 each and
the covers £7.50 each. The REME sheet was issued on 1st October 2017 and
the A136 shete is due out on 27th November 2017. Both are available
to buy from the the BFPS
Three New Festive Generic Sheets Announced by Royal
Royal Mail have announced details of their Christmas and Lunar New Year
Generic Sheets in what has become a familiar, if not tired, format.
The 2017 Christmas stamps set comprise twelve new stamps embracing two
distinct themes, with eight featuring depictions of the Madonna &
Child and four including the two winning designs from a children’s
Christmas stamp design competition.
The Madonna and Child set of stamps comprise the following values: 2nd,
2nd Large, 1st, 1st Large, £1.17, £1.40, £1.57, £2.27 and all but the
large letter versions appear on a new Generic Stamp Sheet to be issued on
7th November 2017 with a retail price of £16.40.
"The Christmas 2017 Generic Sheet contains eight 1st
Class stamps and eight 2nd Class stamps together with one each of the
other values. These are set alongside labels containing traditional
Christmas greetings and against an aptly celestial background that shows
off these exquisite stamps to the full."
A second Generic Sheet will be issued on the same day
priced £12.60 featuring the two winning designs from the Children’s
Design Competition alongside popular festive greetings. These are set
against a striking background that features images of a snow crystal,
stars and (as a nod to the design competition) a pencil, pen and paint
We will be stocking both these sheets so please e-mail
for further details if interested.
Finally, this year, Royal Mail's Lunar New Year sheet
(Year of the Dog) will be issued on 16th November 2017 and will be their
seventh sheet in the planned series of twelve sheets.
The ‘Year of the Dog’ runs from 16th February 2018 to
4th February 2019. The labels are designed by hat-trick design and feature
paper cut-outs both on the bright red background of the sheet and the
labels representing the five elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and
Earth. The pictorial labels depict Lunar New Year festivities taking place
in five UK locations and the remainder show five generic images related to
the Lunar New Year. All the labels are complemented by the Fireworks
definitive stamp. (14/10)